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Bob Carr's Syria stand makes sense
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Greg Sheridan, Foreign editor From: The Australian ] June 03, 2013





BOB Carr's suggestion that Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad be allowed to stay in office if it facilitates an end to the bloody fighting there is a sharp and sensible departure from the US and European consensus.

The Foreign Minister says a shift in the Western position might be necessary "to help the Russians get him (Assad) to a peace conference".

Carr believes it is no longer realistic to demand Assad's removal from office as a pre-condition to a peace conference.

This analysis reflects the sober realisation that, with Russian, Iranian and Hezbollah support, the Assad regime has been making progress on the battlefield and there is little imminent prospect of its overthrow.

[b]Carr also expresses "serious reservations" about Western nations arming the Syrian opposition. [


Added: Jul-1-2013 Occurred On: Jul-1-2013
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